Piazza delle Erbe

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Mantua , Italy
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Once the location of the town's vegetable market, Piazza delle Erbe is Mantua's most lively piazza. Its 13th-century Palazzo della Ragione , sporting a 15th-century clock tower at its south end which marks the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.

Mantua's oldest church, the 11th-century Rotonda di San Lorenzo , sits just below street level alongside Palazzo della Ragione. Narrowly missing destruction during the frenetic Gonzaga refurbishment of the town, this weathered, red-brick sanctuary once sat within the heart of the Jewish ghetto and its walls are still decorated with the shadowy remains of 12th- and 13th-century frescoes.